Tailgate Talk

Saturday preview capsules

Washington State at Oregon
When: 7 p.m. at Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
TV/radio: Fox Sports 1, Channel 408; WSU radio AM 1360; Oregon radio AM 750.
Records: WSU 4-3, 2-2; Oregon 6-0, 3-0.
Plot: Coming off a big win at Husky Stadium, the Ducks look to avoid a letdown. WSU aims to rebound after last week’s lopsided loss to OSU
WSU player to watch: Quarterback Connor Halliday must have a big game for the Cougs to have a chance. He threw three interceptions last week.
Oregon player to watch: Marcus Mariota is getting the Heisman hype, but Oregon’s defensive backs are some of the nation’s best. Terrance Mitchell leads the team with three interceptions.
Line: Oregon by 39.
Oregon State at Cal
When: 7:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
TV/radio: ESPN2; Radio AM 620.
Records: OSU 5-1, 3-0; California 1-5, 0-3.
Plot: Oregon State has won five in a row after losing its opener to Eastern Washington. Cal is giving up 43.7 points a game, while OSU scores 43.3 per game.
OSU player to watch: Sean Mannion is mounting a dark-horse Heisman campaign. He leads the nation with 418.5 yards passing a game and has 25 touchdowns to three interceptions.
Cal player to watch: The lessons continue for quarterback Jared Goff. One week after throwing for 500-plus yards against WSU, the true freshman had his lowest full-game output of the season last week against UCLA (215 yards).
Line: OSU by 10.5.
Washington at Arizona State
When: 3 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
TV/radio: Pac-12 Network, Channel 420, AM 1550.
Records: UW 4-2, 1-2; Arizona State 4-2, 2-1.
Plot: No rest for Washington. which travels to the desert after losing to top-five teams (Stanford and Oregon) in back-to-back weeks. The Sun Devils look to keep pace in the Pac-12 South.
UW player to watch: Bishop Sankey leads the Pac-12 with 149.8 rushing yards per game. His nine rushing touchdowns are second only to ASU’s Marion Grice, who has 10.
ASU player to watch: Quarterback Taylor Kelley leads the nation’s No. 9-ranked passing offense at 342 yards per game.
Line: ASU by 3.

Micah Rice

Columbian Sports Editor Micah Rice is the author of Tailgate Talk: College football from a Clark County perspective.